Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Solider review
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Solider is one of a growing number of military shooters where, even though you don’t always know what’s going on, you’ll still have lots of fun. There are some truly awesome moments to be had, mixed with neat tactical gameplay in both single player and co-op. Thankfully the two combine to make Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Solider worth donning the virtual camo-gear for, says Stephen Ebert.
The Tom Clancy games have always had more of an involving edge to their style than say many straight-up shooters. Simulation-style gameplay with a tactical edge, made approachable would be a good way to describe the series. In Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Solider you get the feeling that the Ghost Recon series is going for the more gung-ho approach. The result is a game that remains full of action, while still staying true to what made these games so popular.
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Solider is a little daunting at first, but thankfully Ubisoft has made every effort to ensure that players are kept up to speed on which button does what. The myriad gameplay options give players to play it tactically when needed, and go all-out. Ubisoft has done well to develop a sense of teamwork between soldiers, as you’re sent out with a squad to stop some naughty military warlords in possession of a deadly weapon. As the story goes, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Solider isn’t the most involving of games, but you always feel part of a team.
The ability to command teammates to take out soldiers on cue gives them, and the player real responsibility when planning raids, with real consequences. In some missions, sound the alarm, and it’s game over. Working with your squad is the only way to victory, in a shooter that actually forces you to think about how best to tackle a situation. Whether you’re playing it tactically, or going all-out, dropping soldiers lends delivers the kind of satisfaction missing from some rival shooters.
There’s a real polish about Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Solider. It looks gorgeous throughout, and the action is as smooth as you’d need it to be, even when things get nuts, and bullets are flying all over the place. The real beauty is in the co-op. Play using headsets over an online connection, and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Solider is one of the best multiplayer shooters around. The feeling of having to rely on fellow players not to mess up lends a real sense of urgency and suspense when tackling some of the game’s trickier stealth missions that will at times leave players using some very colourful language along the way. You might fail a mission a million times, but the one time you succeed, it’ll all be worth it.
The biggest gripe about Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Solider is in its convoluted mess of a story. There is a story there, but the way it’s told isn’t the easiest to follow, leaving players at times likely to be left wondering what on earth they’re fighting for. Thankfully things soon begin to make sense once the pieces fit, but for too long the player doesn’t feel as invested in what’s going on. Fortunately for developer Ubisoft shooting baddies never gets old.
The bottom line
Despite its awkward storytelling Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Solider is a wonderful example of how to combine tactical gameplay and action. The single player mode is good fun, but if you’ve got friends to play with, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Solider really shines.